Martin Lawn was one of the founders of the Network 28 ‘Sociologies of Education’. He promoted the constitution of the Network and supported its development since the beginning in 2010 by contributing to the elaboration of its foci, helping in the shaping of its agenda, fostering its consolidation, and by structuring its governance.
In particular, his work has been fundamental in anchoring the network on the European social dimension of education and in opening a new space of sociological imagination and research in the European Educational Research Association. His publications on Europeanization of education are key references for sociological investigation. He is encouraging the interdisciplinary studies of the European space of educationthrough a book series he is co-editing.
Martin Lawn helped establish the Network links with EERJ by favouring the collaboration among the sociological journals and the network activities and in promoting the publication of the best papers of the field coming from the network.
He has been a very active participant at ECER by promoting paper proposals each year, chairing sessions and symposia, organising roundtables and workshops, and reviewing for several networks. He served as Secretary General of EERA and Editor of European Educational Research Journal. He took part as well in the constitution of the Network ‘Histories of Education’ and the Network 23 ‘Policies Studies and Politics of Education’. Finally, he supported the collaboration between the networks and the training of the next generation of researchers in the field of education in Europe and elsewhere.